MiLab meets MindLab: Redesigning public services in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Guest posts Social innovation

I find nothing more interesting in my work in the public sector than pioneering a new approach to an old problem. In 2014, UNDP in Moldova and Moldova e-Government Center jointly launched the Moldova Social Innovation Hub – or “MiLab” for short. We also initiated our first project – a pilot focusing on applying design… Read more »

Opening data in Kosovo*: The curious case of Gjakova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »

Understanding realities: Foresight for development in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing… Read more »

Duncan Green: On citizen mobilization and empowerment

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Poverty

Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »

No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government?  Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of… Read more »

Innovating solutions for gender-based violence: The search for better feedback loops

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a stark reminder that more needs to be done to address gender-based violence. Given the prevalence and persistence of gender-based violence across the globe, it is necessary to not only intensify efforts – but also to examine approaches and strive to find more effective solutions… Read more »

Moldova post-2015: Understanding the complexity

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

We recently blogged about how we are planning with citizens to improve the institutions Moldova will need in the post-2015 future. Now, we want to look into the main challenges and impacts as seen by the participants in the survey we conducted using Futurescaper. In the three weeks it was live, Futurescaper brought a new… Read more »